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Commercial Fisherman Indicted for PFD Fraud

January, 16, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska - An Anchorage Grand Jury indicted 53-year-old Jose Padron on four counts of Unsworn Falsification in the First Degree and one count of Theft in the Second Degree. The indictment stems from Padron’s alleged falsification of Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) applications between 2008 and 2011.

The Anchorage Superior Court has issued a warrant for Padron’s arrest in the amount of $5,000 cash, or corporate appearance bond and a court-approved third-party custodian. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Padron faces a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of $50,000 on each count if convicted. Sentencing is based on the judge’s view of the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s criminal history, if any.

The investigation into Padron’s alleged falsifications on his PFD applications was handled by the Department of Revenue Criminal Investigations Unit, in connection with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

If you have any information regarding Permanent Fund Dividend fraud, child support fraud, or tax and gaming fraud, please visit the following website:

http://www.revenue.state.ak.us/CIU/default.html

CONTACT: Assistant Attorney General Lisa Kelley at (907) 269-6297 at the Office of Special Prosecutions.

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